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The Outlander

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  7,285 Ratings  ·  1,255 Reviews
Book by Adamson, Gil
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published January 5th 2009 by Bloomsbury (first published 2007)
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Truly, a beautiful book. About a young woman running for her two brothers in law, in the Canadian wilderness, around 1900, after having killed her husband, this is not a real spoiler, it is clear right from the start I guess. Fighting to survive. A little slow in the beginning, especially the scenes where the Widow, Mary, is alone, were too long for me. The language and descriptions of the wilderness are beautiful, but after three pages of it, I thought, ok, noted about the wilderness beauty and ...more
Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : The Outlander - Nevisande : Gil Adamson - ISBN : 887842100 - ISBN13 : 9780887842108 - Dar 387 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2007
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young woman has killed her husband. Now, she flees across the Canadian wilderness pursued by her massive brothers-in-law, who are bent on bringing her to justice. As she fights for her survival, the widow is tormented by "uninvited memories" of her life and unhappy marriage.

That's basically it, synopsis-wise. It is the author's descriptions of the almost unimaginably vast landscape and large cast of interesting characters that make this worth a read. (view spoiler)
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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“Drop it. She’s done. Who knows who they were. Who knows where they took her. And even if you knew”— he spread his small hands out —“what could you do? Are you Sam Steele?” The two of them drunk for two days, until the Ridgerunner could drink no more, and merely sat holding his head. Then a long, sorry, sober night during which the dwarf had chattered to stave off his companion’s unnerving silence, telling story after story, every one about her. Wondering at the particulars of her past, the whif ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book—it’s a real page turner. It concerns a young woman who murders her husband and is on the run. The characters she encounters on her journey remind me in a way of “The Odyssey.”—The loner who saves Mary's life and steals her heart; the mining town minister who becomes her protector; the dwarf who runs the only store in the mining town of Frank; the miners, the stragglers, and the settlers—each has his or her own vitality and consciousness. Even the old tracker who di ...more
Jo Barton
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a remarkable first novel, reminiscent of Tenderness of Wolves, with a smattering of Cold Mountain, it's beautifully written. Very descriptive, not just of the landscape, and believe me the Canadian Rockies sound very bleak, but also of the despair and hopelesness that existed at this time. As her story unfurls,we realise that Mary is a real heroine, not always likeable, but as courageous as a lion. She meets some wonderfully quirky characters throughout her journey, who add some spice an ...more
Pretty impressive for a first novel but I suppose the beautiful prose makes sense for a published poet. This was quite an adventure! This felt to me like a combination of Frazier's Cold Mountain and Mrs. Mike. Some passages were so visually and emotionally rich that I read them numerous times over, like tasting a good wine, you can't just have one sip. Like this one,

"As a little girl, she had lain awake at night, staring hard into her lightless bedroom, imagining that the darkened room congealed
Linda Hopf
Oct 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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A story about nothing, full of characters you care nothing about. Sure there are some great descriptive passages - about rainbows, darkness, the smell of horses... yada, yada, yada; but all these mental pictures connect a whole bunch of empty. I dunno - something about new Canadian writers and trying TOO hard to be clever. All those words completely got in the way of developing the story. I did not care one speck about the main character - the widow - and so her "adventure" meant nothing to me. ...more
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absorbing narrative written in 2007, not to be confused with D. Galbadon's Outlander series. While there are some maddening stylistic inconsistencies and awkward sentence structure at times, it's a compelling story of a young woman's struggle to survive in the Banff wilderness at the turn of the last century. Ingenious plot devices include the true occurrence of a devastating landslide in 1902-03, the worst in mining history. This gets a 5 from me because it's THAT interesting, so who ...more
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Gil Adamson (born Gillian Adamson, 1961) is a Canadian writer. She won the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2008 for her 2007 novel The Outlander.

Adamson's first published work was "Primitive," a volume of poetry, in 1991. She followed up with the short story collection "Help Me, Jacques Cousteau" in 1995 and a second volume of poetry, "Ashland," in 2003, as well as multiple chapbooks and a co
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